“A Superb Musician” (The Wire). Sergio Sorrentino is a 21st Century guitarist whose music ranges from ambient to classical, from blues to experimental. His CD Dream (Mode Records) was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the “Week’s Best Classical Music Moments”. He plays with great musicians like Gavin Bryars, John King, Elliott Sharp, Machinefabriek. He collaborated with Philip Glass.
John Russell & Sergio Sorrentino – Unplugged in London by John Russell & Sergio Sorrentino, BandCamp, 2022 on #neuguitars #blog #SergioSorrentino #JohnRussell
Unedited Duo Recording by John Russell, icon of the English free improvisation scene (“A true gentleman, a master of subtlety, an excellent musician” – Free Jazz Blog) and the Italian guitarist Sergio Sorrentino (“A Superb Musician” – The Wire; “the best concert music electric guitarist” (Il Manifesto)
In memory of John Russell (1954-2021)
“In March 2016 John Russell invited me to play solo at the Vortex in London, for a Mopomoso concert. It was a great experience for me… John has always been one of my favorite guitarists. The next day I went to his house and we spent many hours talking about music and then John took his Radiotone guitar, lent me his Epiphone and we started playing. I had a tape recorder with me and I was ready to record. And we were very happy with our performance and the interplay that was created between us. The project for a larger duo album unfortunately ended due to John’s passing. I have decided, with the kind permission of John’s wife, Joanna, to release the recording of that, for me, magical afternoon. 15 minutes of pure free improvisation to make available to those who love John’s music, an unprecedented testimony of John’s brilliant way of playing and of his very high human and artistic depth”.
released April 1, 2022
John Russell, unplugged Radiotone archtop guitar (1936)
Sergio Sorrentino, unplugged Epiphone Broadway archtop guitar
Recorded on 21st March 2016 – at John’s house in London (Walthamstow) UK
World Premiere Recording